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Toronto : 



ptckevtno College. 




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Representatives of Yearly Meeting: 


Pickering . 
Picton . 

Chairman: Secretary: 


flMcfcenno College, 


WILLIAM P. FIRTH, M.S Principal. 

Science and Mathematics. 

ELLA ROGERS, B.A., Lady Principal. 

English and Modern Languages. 

Commercial Branches. 

ELM A A. CRONK, .. .. . Second Class Provincial. 

Preparatory Department. 



Drawing and Painting. 

Sarah A. Dale .. .. Matron. 

* Suitable provision will be made for these departments before the ^opening of the school 
by the engagement of a first-class Commercial Master, and a capable teacher of Drawing 
and Painting. 



Pickering College has been established by the Society of 
Friends for the purpose of educating young people of both sexes 
(irrespective of their religious denomination), and is conducted 
under the control of a committee of the Canada Yearly Meeting. 

The College is located in the village of Pickering, quite near the 
Pickering station of the Grand Trunk Railway (twenty-two miles 
east of Toronto), and only five miles west of the town of Whitby, 
and thus is easy of access from all points — east, west, and north. 

The College buildings are beautifully situated in a healthy 
locality, upon the summit of a gently-rising slope, and command an 
extensive view of the surrounding country and of Lake Ontario. 

They are handsomely built of red brick and cut-stone facings, 
four stories in height. The main building has 106 feet frontage, 
and in it are the dining-room, school, class and lecture rooms, 
Principal's room, Matron's rooms, and Teachers' parlors. The two 
wings extend over 80 feet back, and contain the Laboratory and the 
students' parlors and sleeping apartments. All the rooms are lofty 
and spacious, and heated by means of steam. 

The beauty of the surrounding landscapes and the quiet of the 
village and country contribute to studiousness, while the absence of 
many temptations peculiar to large towns and cities renders the 
place eminently safe for the residence of students removed from the 
watchful guardianship of home. 


The object of Pickering College is to secure to its students a 
thorough grounding in all the essentials of a liberal education, and 


at the same time to surround them with all the moral influences and 
guarded care of a well-conducted home. 

The qualification for entrance into the College is the same as 
that required for High Schools and Collegiate Institutes, but there 
is a preparatory department for those who have not passed the 
Entrance Examination, 

The regular College course covers the work required for passing 
the High School Primary and Junior Leaving Examinations. 


English : Grammar (Seath's High School), Simple Prose and Poetic 
Literature, Composition, Reading and Spelling. 

Latin : Latin Grammar and easy translations. 

Modern Languages — French : Grammar and Translation. 
German : Grammar and Translation. 

Mathematics : Algebra, Arithmetic. 

History and Geography : English History, Geography of British 

Science: Botany. 


English : Grammar (Seath's High School), Critical Study of Prose 

and Poetical Extracts, Rhetoric and Composition, Reading and 

Latin: Grammar (Harkness), Caesar (Book III.). 
Modern Languages — French: Grammar and Conversation, High 

School French Reader. German : Grammar and Conversation 

Grimm's Kinder and Hausmarchen. 
Mathematics : Algebra (Simple Equations), Euclid (Book I., 1-26), 

Arithmetic and Mensuration. 
History and Geography: Canadian History, English History, 

Science : Physics. 


English : Grammar, Composition and Rhetoric, Extracts from 

Wordsworth, Reading and Spelling. 
Latin : Grammar and Prose Composition, Virgil's ^Eneid (Book I.), 

Caesar (Books III. and IV.). 

Modern Languages — French: Grammar and Conversation, Les 

Freres Colombe (De Peyrebrune), La Fee (Feuillet). 

German: Grammar and Conversation ; Riehl, Der stumme 

Ratsherr, Der Dachs auf Lichtmess, Der Liebmedicus. 
Mathematics : Arithmetic and Mensuration, Euclid (Books I. -III.), 

Algebra (Quadratic Equations). 
History and Geography: British History, 1688-1815 ; Outlines of 

Roman and Grecian History ; Classical Geography. 
Science : Chemistry. 


Many boys and young men are anxious to obtain a thorough 
business education without being forced to study those subjects 
required only for entrance into the learned professions. To meet 
this want, there has been established in Pickering College a Com- 
mercial Form, in which no student is required to take other subjects 
than Commercial Arithmetic, Book-keeping, Commercial Law, Pen- 
manship, Business Correspondence, and Commercial Geography. 
These subjects are taught so thoroughly that an industrious and 
attentive pupil, who has passed through the form, will be as compe- 
tent to work in a counting-house or take charge of a set of books as 
it is possible to be without actual business experience. 

Any student of the Commercial Form, who wishes to do so, may 
take up any other subject taught in the College. 


In order to test the character of the work done in the Commer- 
cial Form, and to give to meritorious students an opportunity of 
securing a fitting testimonial of their attainments in the studies 
pursued by them in the College, examinations are held in June and 
December, at which papers are set in the following subjects : — 
I. Business P'orms and Business Correspondence. 
II. Book keeping, Theoretical and Practical. 

III. Banking. 

IV. Commercial Arithmetic. 
V.. Mental Arithmetic (oral). 

VI. Commercial Geography. 
VII. Spelling (oral and from dictation). 
VIII. English Grammar (practical). 
IX. Penmanship. (Special importance will be attached to this 


X. Commercial Law. 
XL Phonography (optional). 

XII. Typewriting (optional). 

In Commercial Arithmetic the limits will be : — Fractions, Com- 
mon and Decimal ; Percentage, Proportion, Currencies, Profit and 
Loss, Commission, Insurance, Duties and Customs, Average, Bank- 
ruptcy ; Interest, with shortened methods of computing it ; Partial 
Payments, Exchange, Stocks, Banking, Equation of Payments and 
Accounts, Account Sales, and Partnership. 

Mental Arithmetic. — The simple rules, and ordinary business 

Commercial Geography. — Dominion of Canada in detail. A 
general knowledge of the geography of Great Britain, its dependen- 
cies, and of the United States. The capitals, religions, forms of 
government, and exports of other countries. A detailed knowledge 
of Canadian railroads and waterways. The leading railroads and 
canals of the United States. 


Pickering College affords excellent facilities for obtaining an 
advanced and thorough musical education, The department is 
under the control of Mrs. E. J. Dignum, of Toronto, an able and 
distinguished musician, who is well known in her profession. The 
system of instruction is uniform, so that the progress of students is 
not retarded when advancement takes place. 


All the teachers reside in the College. 

Under the general oversight of the Principal, lady students are 
under the charge of the Lady Principal, and male students under 
the charge of the House-master. The discipline of the College is 
mild, but firmly and impartially administered. In addition to the 
lessons, recitations, and lectures during the day, there are regular 
hours for study, morning and evening, under the supervision of the 
teachers. After the " evening study " is over, no more study, as a 
rule, is permitted, except in the case of students whose age and 
general conduct warrant it, and to them the permission is given as 
freely as need be. 

Severe, or even frequent punishment of any sort will not be 
resorted to. Gross misconduct or violation of rules will be met by 
instant suspension, and, after investigation by the College Committee, 

by dismissal. Persistent misconduct, even of a trifling nature, will 
be similarly dealt with. 

It is the hope of the Committee to fill the College with earnest 
students, who will do their work for its own sake. The idle and 
vicious, after a fair trial, will be got rid of. 

The system of co-education of the sexes, judiciously pursued, is 
not only practicable, but it is eminently advantageous. The daily 
association of young people in the presence of careful teachers is 
found to elevate decidedly the standard of their deportment and 
scholarship. Students have separate walks, grounds, entrances, and 
gymnasiums. No communications are allowed, and the school- 
rooms, halls, and apartments of the officers and teachers are so 
located as to separate complete 1 }- the portion of the building 
occupied by the male students from that occupied by the lad) 

Experience has shcfcvn that a good standard of discipline can be 
obtained with but few arbitrary rules ; that order being much 
superior which ensues from the observance of principles of conduct. 
It will be the aim of the officers of the school to implant and foster 
in students such principles of conduct as shall give good results, not 
in school merely, but in after life. 

In the Appendix will be found the more important rules and 
regulations relating to conduct and study, and it will be seen that 
these have been framed with the principal aim of obtaining from 
each student as faithful an employment of the time as is consistent 
with health and a fair amount of recreation. Parents can have 
every confidence that the most conscientious guardianship is 
exercised over students placed in the College. 


The grounds about the College afford sufficient means of recrea- 
tion. An adjacent stream gives the boys excellent opportunities for 
bathing and swimming in the summer, and for skating in the winter. 
It will be the chief aim of the officers and teachers to encourage in 
the students a love of outside exercise, and no pains will be spared 
by the Committee to make this a prominent feature of the institu- 
tion, so that the health of students may be secured in the best 
possible way, namely, by fresh air and outdoor recreation. 


The Reading-room will contain a good supply of local and gen- 



eral newspapers and magazines. Students will be encouraged to 
keep themselves posted upon the current topics of the day. 

The school Library is kept in the main schoolroom, on open 
shelves, for ready access, and is supplied with an Encyclopaedia, 
Dictionaries, Atlases, full-bound sets of Examination Papers, and 
various other books of reference of great use to students in higher 
classwork and side reading. 


The Principal is a minister of the Society of Friends. All 
religious meetings are under his supervision, and for them special 
times are set apart. 

Every day, morning and evening, worship is conducted. School 
is opened and closed also by prayer and reading the Scriptures. 

On the Sabbath day those students who ate not Friends, and whose 
parents desire it, are allowed to attend their own places of worship 
(if the services are held in the day-time) at such hours as shall not 
conflict with the College Bible School ; all others are expected to 
attend the Friends' Meeting. In Pickering there are, besides the 
Friends, the following places of worship : one Church of England, 
one Roman Catholic, one Presbyterian, one Methodist, and one 

Bible Classes are held on Sabbath afternoons, and a meeting for 
worship in the College in the evening. 

Prayer-meetings are held once a week. The Management hope 
to make good influences the brightest feature in the School. 

Note. — All students are expected to attend the Bible School, 
the Sabbath Evening Meeting, and the mid-week prayer meeting, 
unless excused for good and sufficient reasons by the Principal. 


The College year is divided into three Terms. 

For the year 1892-93 the Autumn Term begins Ninth month 
(September) 6th, and closes Twelfth month (December) 22nd, 1892; 
16 weeks. Fees— (a) $65, (b) $57. 

The Winter Term begins First month (January) 3rd, and closes 
Third month (March) 29th, 1893; 13 weeks. Fees — (a) $53, (b) $47. 

The Spring Term begins Fourth month (April) 5th, and closes 
Sixth month (June) 22nd, 1893; 11 weeks. Fees — (a) $42, (/;) $47.. 

(a) Fees for those in Collegiate and Commercial Departments. 

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(/>) Fees for those pupils in Preparatory Department. 

The above fees are payable in advance at the ope?iing of the 
Ter??i, either by cash or by approved note, and include board, washing, 
care of rooms, fuel, light, tuition, and all necessary expenses except 
books and stationery. All fees are to be paid to the Principal, who 
will draw on parents and guardians not paying in the regular way. 

No allowances are made for short absences, or for absences 
during the first or last two weeks of a Term. Students are admitted 
at any time, and, with these exceptions, are charged pro rata from 
date of admission. 

The fees for day students in Collegiate and Commercial Depart- 
ments are : $16 for the Autumn Term, $13 for the Winter Term, 
and $11 for the Spring Term. For Preparatory day students: Au- 
tumn Term $12, Winter Term $10, Spring Term $8; also payable 
in advance. 

In cases of protracted illness, students will be allowed to furnish 
satisfactory substitutes for the remainder of a Term, or to make up. 
the time of their absence themselves the next Term. If students 
should leave the College for any other cause, or be suspended, or 
expelled, they will forfeit their fees for that Term. 


Instrumental Music $8 00- 

Vocal Lessons 8 00 

Use of Instrument one hour daily 2 00 

(Additional time at a pro rata charge.) 

Drawing 4 00 

Painting in Oil or Water Colors 8 00 

Shorthand 6 oc 

Typewriting 5 00 

As students are received only for the College Terms, Autumn, 
Winter, and Spring, the fees for extras are proportional to the above 


Each application should state the age and standing of the appli- 
cant ; the examination, if any, which it is wished to prepare for ; 
whether a member of the Society of Friends or not ; and should be 
accompanied by satisfactory evidence of good moral character. No 


student will be received who has been dismissed from any school or 
college on account of bad conduct, or in regard to whom there is 
any such suspicion. 

Students coming from a distance are expected to reside in the 
College, and should, if possible, be present on the first day of each 

Note. — All students on coming to the College are requested to 
have all their articles of linen and underclothing legibly marked with 
their names in ink. The rooms are furnished. Students are, how- 
ever, expected to provide their qwn towels and napkins. 


It is the purpose of the Society of Friends, and of the promoters 
of Pickering College, in endowing and maintaining it, to give to all 
students who attend it, as far as possible, ,a thoroughly useful and 
well-grounded liberal education at the lowest possible cost. None but 
earnest students, those willing to work, are invited to attend. There 
are no prizes or scholarships, nor is any inducement held out to 
students to work and study except the satisfying of their sense ot 
duty, and the pleasure which comes to those who endeavor to 
acquire knowledge for its own sake. At the same time, such dis- 
cipline is enforced that no student is allowed to idle. 

A report of each pupil's standing in deportment and recitations 
is furnished to the pupil fortnightly on a form prepared for the pur- 
pose. This form is to be sent by the pupils to their parents or 
guardians, who are requested to examine, sign, and return it at once. 

It may be added that it is the hope of the Committee that many 
young men and young women who desire to prepare for some exam- 
ination, or to pursue a course of study, but whose earlier education 
has been neglected, will find in Pickering College the kind of help 
and instruction they require, without the disagreeableness of being 
forced to submit to the grading and classification which are essential 
to large Government institutions. 

Applications for admission may be addressed to the Principal, 
who will gladly furnish any further information in regard to the 
College, or any of the examinations for which it prepares candidates. 

Contmct IRules- 

[// is understood that all patrons and students of the College, by the fact of 
becoming such, assent to the Conduct Rules, as well as to the Regulations respecting 
all Fees and Dues. ] 


i. All Male Students of the College are under the charge of the 
House-master, whose duty it is, with the assistance of the other 
teachers, to supervise their Conduct and deportment, to correct for 
all ordinary delinquencies, and to report misconduct of a graver 
nature to the Principal. 

2. Male Students are requested to refer all ordinary permissions 
to the House-master, who will as a rule decide them, but may, if he 
prefers, refer them to the Principal. 

3. Unless with special permission, Male Students are not to be 
beyond College bounds, except on afternoon* between the hours of 
School Closing and the first Supper Bell. On holidays, Students 
who have permission to study in their rooms may leave bounds be- 
tween Morning Worship and first Supper Bell. All others are 
expected to obtain permission before leaving bounds in the forenoon. 
In case of any misuse of these privileges, or of any misconduct on 
the part of the Students, these exceptions, or either one of them, 
may be withdrawn, either for one or more Students, or for the entire 
residence, and for such times as may seem best to the Principal. 

4. Male Students, during recreation hours, must occupy their 
own side of the College grounds. 

5. All Male Students are expected to attend the Evening Study 
in the Main Schoolroom, unless excused by the Principal. Steadi- 
ness of Character, College standing, and age are chiefly considered 
in granting Students permission to study in their own rooms. 
Students taking second-class work are allowed this privilege during 
good behavior. Such students must remain in their own rooms 
during the regular study .hours. 

6. Students are not allowed to carry firearms, nor to keep them 
in their rooms. 


7. All detriments to the College building or furniture, whether 
by defacement, by breakage, or otherwise, will be charged to the 
persons causing such detriment; and "defacement" shall be con- 
sidered to include carving or cutting with a knife, writing, scratching, 
scrawling or drawing with a pen, pencil, chalk, or otherwise. 

8. Drinking wine, beer, or spirituous liquors, the use of tobacco 
in any manner and in any place, profane swearing, and card-playing 
are strictly forbidden. No student who persists in any of these 
practices will be allowed to remain in the College. 


i. All Lady Students of the College are under the charge of the 
Lady Principal, whose duty it is, w r ith the aid of the other lady 
teachers, to supervise their conduct and deportment, to correct for 
all ordinary delinquencies, and to report misconduct of a graver 
nature to the Principal. 

2. Lady Students are requested to refer all permissions to the 
Lady Principal. 

3. Every day, weather permitting, young ladies are expected to 
walk out together for exercise. The Lady Principal will arrange for 
the time and direction of .these walks, and will either accompany the 
young ladies herself or provide a substitute. 

4. All Lady Students are expected to attend the Morning and 
Evening Study in the Main Schoolroom, unless excused by the 

5. Lady Students are expected at no time to go beyond College 
bounds unless they have obtained permission. 

6. All detriments to the College building or furniture, whether 
by defacement, by breaking, or otherwise, will be charged to the 
persons causing such detriment. 

Note. — The above Rules and Regulations are not intended to be harsh or 
severe. They are made simply for the welbbeing of Students and the good 
government of the College. As the duties of the Home-master and the Lady 
Principal are in themselves sufficiently onerous, it is particularly requested that 
all Students under their care will, in a cheerful and courteous manner, conform, 
as far as possible, to the Rules of the College, and thus render their duties much 
less irksome than they otherwise would be. *